Stringer succeeds Eichhorn as AEDC commander

Thursday, February 19, 2004

ARNOLD AFB -- Brig. Gen. David J. Eichhorn passed the official banner of command to Brig. Gen David L. Stringer on Wednesday, making Stringer the new commander of Arnold Engineering Development Center.

"I'm an American. I'm an Airman. And I'm in the Volunteer State," said a delighted Stringer as he concluded his brief remarks. "I'll talk more when I have more to say."

Stringer becomes the first brigadier general appointed to lead AEDC in decades. Eichhorn was only promoted to that rank this month and spent most of his stint at AEDC as a colonel.

Gen. Gregory S. Martin, who leads the Air Force Materiel Command, presided over the change of command ceremony, which was held inside one of the test facilities at AEDC. Martin called AEDC "a very special treasure" and praised Eichhorn's stewardship of it over the past several years.

AEDC, located in Coffee and Franklin counties, is largest complex of flight simulation test facilities in the world. Of its 58 test units, 27 are unequaled in the U.S. and 14 are the only ones of their type in the world. The center, part of the Air Force Materiel Command, is supervised by Air Force and Navy personnel and operated by Aerospace Testing Alliance (ATA), a civilian contractor. AEDC also operates Hypervelocity Tunnel 9 in White Oak, Md.